Sustainable Futures Institute



Participating Faculty & Staff
Manufacturing/Chemical Processing and Products/Life Cycle Considerations
Ezra Bar-Ziv
Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Research Interests: Combustion and dynamics of single particles, Combustion and pyrolysis [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

Jaime Camelio
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
  • Research Interests: Modeling, analysis and control of manufacturing systems, Robust and optimal design focusing on product/process interactions, Sensors integration for manufacturing process control and modeling, Assembly systems, Complexity management [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

Gerard T. Caneba
Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Research Interests: Polymers and Composites, Nanotechnology, Enhanced Oil Recovery, Phase Separation Kinetics and Thermodynamics, Nonlinear Dynamics, Polymerization Reaction Processes [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

Bahne Cornilsen
Professor, Chemistry
  • Research Interests: The nickel electrode used in Ni-hydrogen and Ni-Cd batteries (the active cathode material is actually a nickel hydroxide or oxyhydroxide), Prediction of vibrational spectra, Influence of point defects on vibrational spectra, Vibrational spectra of minerals [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

Jiqing Fan
PhD Candidate, Chemical Engineering
  • Research Interests: Life Cycle Assessment of biofuels and bioenergy; kinetic modeling and optimization of biomass hydrolysis reaction; characterization and conversion of lignocellulosic biomass for fermentable sugars production [e-mail]   ||  

John Gershenson
Professor - Mechanical Engineering/Engineering Mechanics
  • Research Interests: Life-cycle design, modular product and process architectures, sustainable product/process design, lean manufacturing, lean engineering, design for post-manufacturing issues, and mechanisms of innovation. [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

Patricia A. Heiden
Professor of Chemistry
  • Research Interests: Polymer synthesis and modification, biopolymers and biocomposites, environmentally benign synthesis and processing, electrospinning nanofibers, nanocomposites, nanoparticles, controlled release, polymer durability. [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

S. Komar Kawatra
Professor and Chair, Chemical Engineering
  • Research Interests: Agglomeration, Ash Analyzer, Pelletization, Particulate & Mineral Processing [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

Jason M. Keith
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Research Interests: Heat Mass Transfer, Fuel Cells, Pollution Control, Alternative Energy [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

Julia A. King
Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Research Interests: Polymers, Composites [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

Seong-Young Lee
Professor - Mechanical Engineering / Engineering Mechanics
  • Research Interests: Spray combustion in IC engines, alternative/renewable fuels, instabilities and autoignition in gas turbines, plasma-assisted combustion, pulse detonation engines, and development and application of laser-based diagnostics for chemically reacting flows. [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

Wenshen Li
Chemical Engineering - Assistant Professor
  • Research Interests: Electrocatalysis, fuel cells and nanostructured materials. More specifically, the design, synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials as highly active and durable electrocatalysts for proton exchange membrane fuel cells. [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

Haiying Liu
Professor, Chemistry
  • Research Interests: Synthesis, characterization, and biomedical and sensing applications of water-soluble conjugated glycopolymers, glycodendrimers, glyconanopaticles, conjugated polyelectrolytes, small redox-active carbohydrate conjugates, and functional carbon nanotube arrays [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

Dennis Desheng Meng
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering/Engineering Mechanics
  • Research Interests: Microfluidics, Energy, Nanotechnologies. [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

Scott Miers
Assistant Professor - Mechanical Engineering / Engineering Mechanics
  • Research Interests: Experimental internal combustion engine research focusing on gasoline and diesel combustion including system efficiency and emissions reduction; alternative and renewable transportation fuels specifically biodiesel, ethanol, butanol, and Fischer-Tropsch synthetic fuels in both spark-ignition and compression-ignition engines. [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

Bruce A. Mork
PhD Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Research Interests: Power System Transients (ATP/EMTP); Nonlinear Dynamics & Chaos Theory; Power System Protection; Power Quality, Spectral Estimation; Properties of Magnetic Materials; Computer Modeling [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

Abhijit Mukherjee
Mechanical Engineering / Engineering Mechanics - Assistant Professor
  • Research Interests: Numerical and experimental study of liquid-vapor interface with interfacial heat and mass transfer with applications in boiling, condensation, combustion and multiphase flows. His other areas of interest include micro- and nanofluidics. [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

Michael E. Mullins
Professor Chemical Engineering, Director Center for Fundamental and Applied Research in Nanostructured and Lightweight Materials, 2009 Fellow of SFI
  • Research Interests: Environmental Kinetics and Thermodynamics, Engineered Nanostructures E-Mail: [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

Jeffrey D. Naber
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Research Interests: Alternative fuels and combustion for power generation with a focus on IC engines operating on ethanol, biodiesels, syngas, and hydrogen [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

William W. Predebon
Professor and Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Research Interests: Ceramics, Impact Phenomena, Computer Simulation of Impact Dynamics [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

Tony N. Rogers
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Research Interests: Environmental Thermodynamics, Process Analysis, Biominetics, Graphitized Carbon Foams [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

David R. Shonnard
Professor of Chemical Engineering; Director, Sustainable Futures Institute, 2007 Fellow of SFI
  • Research Interests: environmentally-conscious chemical process design, life-cycle assessment, environmental transport processes, bioengineering, and cellulosic ethanol. [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

Dario J. Stacchiola
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
  • Research Interests: Organometallic functionalization of oxide surfaces, single-site catalysts [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

Jeremy J. Worm
Research Engineer/Grant Writer - Mechanical Engineering / Engineering Mechanics
  • Research Interests: Alternative fuel combustion including ethanol, butanol, methanol, hydrogen, biodiesel, and syngas derived from woody biomass. [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

Song-Lin (Jason) Yang
Professor Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Research Interests: Computational Fluid Dynamics; Emission control; Engine Modeling and Simulation [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

David A. Zei
Technical Staff Assistant for Chemical Engineering
  • Research Interests: Physical Property Research, Environmental Qualities Research [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

Wen Zhou
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Research Interests: Systems Engineering and Biology; Biofuel production; Bioinformatics [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page



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